The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel today delivered a statement at the ongoing High-Level Commemorative Meeting to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which is being held in Belgrade, Serbia. In his statement, State Minister noted that despite its diversity NAM stands tall and united behind its common founding vision and has proven to be a formidable player in shaping world politics since its inception. This commemorative meeting is one of the many markers of the strength of our Movement, he said.
The State Minister underlined the relevance of the Bandung Principles as time-tested and stressed the importance to continue to respect and uphold them as they come under increasing pressure. State Minister reiterated that Maldives takes great pride in being a member of the movement and will remain firmly committed to continuing to be an active member. He urged the member states to work together, peacefully, while recognising and respecting the differences among the members. He further called the member states to renew its vow to increase cooperation amongst the members and also with others through various multilateral avenues. While highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 he called the member states to work together with renewed motivation to recover from the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. He further stated that it is more vital than ever to embrace multilateralism and not retreat to isolationism and NAM must play a central role in this effort.
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs is being accompanied to the Commemorative Meeting by Her Excellency Thilmeeza Hussain, Permanent Representative of the Maldives to the United Nations, His Excellency Ahmed Shiaan, Additional Secretary and Ms. Fathimath Naeema, Executive Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The NAM comprises of 120 Member States, and is one of the largest international organizations after the United Nations. The Maldives became a member of NAM in 1976.